Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday (June 11) he has spent considerable time studying concerns expressed by lawmakers on ways to improve and review a growing list of “high-risk” state contracts within the expansive state Department of Human Services.
Not so fast on the move to end controversial PARCC testing in Arkansas. The Arkansas State Board of Education voted 7-1 Thursday (June 11) against allowing a state contract with the ACT and in favor of keeping the Common Core standards tied PARCC test it implemented this year.
Discussion of a proposal to create a citizen committee to provide input into the city’s capital improvement plan became somewhat testy at Tuesday’s (June 9) Fort Smith Board of Directors study session, with a city department head pushing back against Board members who want the committee.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday (June 9) that same sex couples who married May 10-16, 2014 in Arkansas, must be provided the same access to state employee benefits as male-female married couples.
A study group recommended changing the state’s Common Core test provider before it made its other recommendations because of timing issues and certainty, the group’s chairman, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, told members of the House and Senate Education Committees Monday.
Two Fort Smith Directors say the people in municipal leadership posts are as important than the form of government, with one Director saying an effort to force a vote on changing the city’s form of government will not gather enough signatures.
A lengthy and at times tense Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night (June 2) was the result of an attempt to override a mayoral veto, and a vote on reducing benefits for a Fort Smith Police and Fire Department pension plan.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday (June 2) announced the following appointments, including appointments to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board (Act 907/SB 791), which replaced the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board:
A three-day special session wrapped up Thursday afternoon (May 28) after lawmakers approved a change to the state’s primary election date as well as a plan to bring up to 600 new jobs to South Arkansas.
Although Lockheed Martin has now pocketed an $87 million financing package from the state of Arkansas, a Washington, D.C.-based defense budget expert said there is no reason to believe that the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor has an advantage over rivals in the high-stakes Joint Light Tact
The Senate approved a bill Wednesday night that would change the state’s primary election from May to March in 2016. Senators voted 28-6 to approve Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, capping a long day at the Capitol.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued Wednesday (May 27) what it called a “final” ruling on Clean Water Act regulations and said the new rules will not impact farmers and other private landowners.
The Arkansas House and Senate easily approved legislation Wednesday that would allow general obligations bonds under Amendment 82 to be set aside for Lockheed Martin’s bid to build the next-generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in East Camden’s Highland Industrial Park.
A leader of Take Back the Fort says the group is delaying its effort to change Fort Smith’s form of city government until the November 2016 election. It’s a move they believe will give city leaders “enough rope to hang themselves.”